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What is Mental Health?

Mental health will effect almost all of us in some way, whether it be personal or a friend/family member. That is why it's important to understand what mental health is and why it's so important to look after it. We will also talk about some of the warning signs to help you know if either yourself or someone around you may be struggling. This way we can make sure less people are struggling.

Mental health is our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It factors into how we are feeling and acting on a day to day basis, from childhood through to adulthood.

There are many different factors that could contribute to mental health problems. A few examples of the factors are biological, life experiences or a history of mental health problems within the family. Factors such as the ones previously mentioned mean people might be more likely to develop things such as stress, depression and anxiety. However it is important to realise that people from all backgrounds can develop mental health problems.

What are the signs?

With any kind of health problem, whether it be physical, emotional or mental, there can often be the outlook of “I’m sure I will get better over time” or “there is nothing wrong” but that's something that needs to change as a society. When people are struggling, it's important they seek help and the first stage of accepting help is knowing that you need it.

- Feeling distant emotionally, maybe you’re feeling yourself pulling away from friends or family. Maybe a friend/relative has distanced themselves from you. Have you been pulling out of any events/social gatherings you would normally really want to do?

- Sometimes when struggling with your mental health it can often cause changes in your eating and sleeping habits. Maybe you’re sleeping and eating too little or too much. Additionally, people could often start drinking alcohol, smoking or doing drugs.

- Feeling confrontational and arguing with people.

- Hearing voices, and believing things that are not true.

- Considering harming yourself in some way.

- Struggling with motivation.

Whilst these are just some basics to know, with this knowledge hopefully if you are aware of anyone or are the one experiencing this, you will seek help.

What can be done?

There is always lots of help out there. For example, here at Burton and District Mind we are very proud of the services we offer and have been around across Burton, Tamworth and Lichfield supporting people with their mental health for 30 years. So please, even if you believe you are okay, there is no need to struggle on alone. Everyone should have access to mental health support and care, no matter who they are and what they are going through. If maybe one of those things in the list above seem familiar, please get in contact and we will be here for you in a safe and judgement free zone. All it takes is one phone call.

Let’s make 2022 the year of looking after our mental health!

01283 566696


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